Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has been the peak council of Australian business associations for 105 years and traces its heritage back to Australia’s first chamber of commerce in 1826.
Its motto is “Leading Australian Business.”
ACCI is the ongoing amalgamation of the nation’s leading federal business organisations - Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Chamber of Manufactures of Australia, the Australian Council of Employers Federations and the Confederation of Australian Industry.
Membership of ACCI is made up of the State and Territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry together with the major national industry associations.
Through its membership, ACCI represents over 350,000 businesses nationwide and its employer network employs over 4 million people which makes ACCI the largest and most representative business organisation in Australia.
The Chief Executive Officer is Peter Anderson. Former CEOs include Peter William Hendy, Lyndon Rowe (Acting), Mark Paterson AO and Ian Spicer AM.
The ACCI has a workplace relations policy that promotes the use of workplace agreements negotiated on an individual rather than a collective level,1 and an employment policy that involves "restraining minimum wages".2 In March 2010 the ACCI opposed an ACTU $27/week wage increase claim for the nation's poorest workers. The ACTU argued this group missed out on a rise due to a wage freeze the previous year, and over this period the average wage had increased by more than $60/week. However, the ACCI said the unions claim was neither fair nor balanced, and suggested a $10–$15 rise instead.3
Members of ACCI are state and territory chambers of business, and national industry associations.4 They include:
- ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Australian Made Campaign Limited
- Business SA
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
- Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
- Employers First
- NSW Business Chamber
- Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd
- Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Agribusiness Employers’ Federation
- Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
- Association of Consulting Engineers Australia
- Australian Beverages Council Ltd
- Australian Hotels Association
- Australian International Airlines Operations Group
- Australian Made, Australian Grown Campaign
- Australian Mines and Metals Association
- Australian Newsagents' Federation
- Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Inc
- Australian Retailers’ Association
- Bus Industry Confederation
- Live Performance Australia
- Master Builders Australia Inc
- Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
- National Baking Industry Association
- National Electrical and Communications Association
- National Fire Industry Association
- National Retail Association Ltd
- NSW Business Chamber
- NSW Farmers Industrial Association
- Oil Industry Industrial Association
- Pharmacy Guild of Australia
- Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association Inc
- Printing Industries Association of Australia
- Restaurant & Catering Australia
- Standards Australia
- Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
- "ACCI Workplace Policy". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Employment, Education and Training". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- Packham, Ben (18 March 2010). "$27 wage catch-up for poorest workers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Members". Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.